FG-P LIGHT TACTICAL VEHICLE
The FG-P is a light tactical vehicle built on a Ford Ranger 1-Ton Pick Up, designed for defense and security operations. Ford Global Fleet Sales offers customized applications and equipment to suit customers’ exact needs.
The FG-P is engineered with cutting-edge technology to complement surveillance operations.
Next-Generation Ford Ranger
The new FG-P is built on the Next-Generation Ford Ranger Pickup. Tough, smart, and versatile, this Next-Generation Ranger is packed with new features and advanced technology.
Ford’s global design DNA is reflected in the C-clamp matric LED headlamps and strong horizontal upper grille bar with a wider front end. Engines are available in Single-Turbo and Bi-Turbo 2.0 inline four-cylinder diesel engines and a 2.3L EcoBoost petrol engine. There is a new 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 with 184kW and 600Nm.
The cargo area includes a molded plastic bed liner, an integrated side-step, a wider bed, 360-degree zone lighting, a cargo management system, cargo tie-downs, and more.
Depending on the model, either a six-speed automatic or Ford’s efficient 10-speed SelectShift automatic is available.
At the flick of a switch, all vehicle lights and sound sources are turned off. This system is designed for stationary observation or active surveillance.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
When the operator turns on “Black Out,” a series of control modules gets activated and instructs all smart modules to turn off their light sources or enter sleep mode. All passive systems are also switched off to prevent any light illumination.
Sound emitting sources such as the horn and warning beepers are also switched off.
The primary vehicle functionality remains. The HVAC system operates normally, as does the engine and transmission. Power steering and all vehicle safety systems such as ABS/ESP/Airbag remain activated and function normally.
Convoy lights and infrared lights can be installed for military customers.
VEHICLE SILENT MODE
On many missions, it is critical not to be noticed. The silent mode gives the operator just that. With no combustion engine running, the vehicle has a minimum sound and heat signature to help avoid early detection.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The FG-P is equipped with an electric motor on the rear driveline and a drive battery.
To activate it, the vehicle needs to be at a complete stop with the transmission in neutral. Then the silent mode can be activated, and the engine gets shut down. An interlock system prevents accidental operation of the engine.
The electric motor propels the vehicle at speeds up to 20km/h. Higher speeds are possible on request, and the range is scalable by various battery sizes and ranges from 2km to 30km.
In Silent Mode, the vehicle emits no engine sounds and eliminates all engine heat. It will not impact the engine operation, and if needed, the engine can be quickly restarted.
SUSPENSION UPGRADE TO 3,500KG
Sometimes the biggest load capacity is not enough to meet operational needs. FGFS provides a GVM upgrade of 3,500kg for better control and load distribution. It is proven and validated against the Australian Design Rules, the strictest GVM upgrade regulations.
A GVM upgrade is essential to prevent fading and aging of the damping system in heavy operating conditions. It stabilizes and levels the vehicle and maintains the ride and drive by stiffening the suspension system for an increased ride and drive quality.
The hot rolled front foil with the uprated specification is designed for high load and long life. Rear leaves in heavy-duty multi-leaf construction are designed for high load and minimum stress. An optional military wrap is available.
The twin tube foam cell dampers front and rear provide stability and control required for the extra weight, while heavy-duty bushes in rubber and polyurethane increase and vehicle stability and lifespan.
The package is tuned in extensive testing to meet or exceed the OEM dynamics. ABS and ESP are both tested and validated to maintain their function in the new GVM setup.
In conclusion, the FGFS suspension upgrade ensures enhanced handling and long-term durability under heavy loads and extreme driving conditions.
JET FUEL COMPATIBILITY
The JP8 fuel conversion allows the FG-P to run on all grades of diesel fuel and even jet fuel.
What happens when a standard Euro 4+ engine runs on high sulfur or non Diesel fuel?
- The catalytic converters can become cloaked with contaminants.
- Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) cooler can develop acid build-up and will build corrosion.
- Water could enter the engine and worst case, result in a capital engine failure.
- Engine ECU will recognize EGR cooler corrosion and build-up, causing error codes advising to diagnose the error at a minimum and often other problems.
- Injector and high-pressure pump degradation.
- Fuel pressure deviation resulting in engine limp home (reduced performance) condition.
What does the conversion consist of?
The catalytic converter is replaced with a non-catalytic muffler system. The EGR valve is blocked with a plate to prevent return exhaust from entering the EGR cooler. The cooler itself remains in place.
A hot climate option is an extra HD fuel cooler to operate F63, JP8, or similar low-viscosity fuels.
Software updates include recalibration of the engine control unit (ECU) to deactivate the EGR sensor and delete the error codes from appearing due to the EGR blockage with the plate.
Recalibration of the ECU allows the unit to manage operations while the vehicle runs on various fuels that do not meet the properties of Diesel, e.g., F63, JP8.
Updated calibration is loaded into the Ford aftersales systems, so it will be included in any service regular updates conducted via the Ford network.
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